The Berlin Storiesby Christopher Isherwood
A classic of 20th-century fiction, The Berlin Stories inspired the Broadway musical and Oscar-winning film Cabaret.First published in the 1930s, The Berlin Stories contains two astonishing related novels, The Last of Mr. Norris and Goodbye to Berlin, which are recognized today as classics of modern fiction./em>/em>/em>/p>/em>/em>… See more details below
A classic of 20th-century fiction, The Berlin Stories inspired the Broadway musical and Oscar-winning film Cabaret.First published in the 1930s, The Berlin Stories contains two astonishing related novels, The Last of Mr. Norris and Goodbye to Berlin, which are recognized today as classics of modern fiction. Isherwood magnificently captures 1931 Berlin: charming, with its avenues and cafés; marvelously grotesque, with its nightlife and dreamers; dangerous, with its vice and intrigue; powerful and seedy, with its mobs and millionaires—this is the period when Hitler was beginning his move to power. The Berlin Stories is inhabited by a wealth of characters: the unforgettable Sally Bowles, whose misadventures in the demimonde were popularized on the American stage and screen by Julie Harris in I Am A Camera and Liza Minnelli in Cabaret; Mr. Norris, the improbable old debauchee mysteriously caught between the Nazis and the Communists; plump Fräulein Schroeder, who thinks an operation to reduce the scale of her Büste might relieve her heart palpitations; and the distinguished and doomed Jewish family, the Landauers.
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i enjoyed this book. the first part, the last of mr. norris, is a short novel. the second part, goodbye to berlin, is sort of a collection of sketches. my favorite of the sketches is 'the landauers.' sorry, sally, but i find natalia landauer more interesting. my favorite sentence in this book comes from chapter 8 of mr. norris, 'like a long train which stops at every dingy little station, the winter dragged slowly past.'
This book is perfectly fascinating! The characters are so real and they hit so close to home. My personal favorite is the collection of sketches and scenes entitled 'Sally Bowles'. Sally is one of the most interesting and extraordinary characters one can find in literature. Her relationship with Christopher is magnificent ... it is so pure. I reccommend seeing the movie version (Cabaret) with Liza Minelli. Ms. Minelli makes an enchanting Sally Bowles, and Michael York is a lovable Brian (Christopher).